Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Children & Young People Select Committee Minutes

Date:
Wednesday, 5th September, 2007
Time:
4.00 pm
Place:
Ground Floor Committee Room, Town Hall, High Street, Stockton on Tees
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr David Harrington(Chairman), Cllr Mick Eddy(Vice-Chairman), Cllr Mrs Ann Cains, Cllr David Coleman, Cllr Maurice Frankland, Cllr Miss Barbara Inman, Cllr Alan Lewis, Cllr Andrew Sherris, Mr G Davies
Officers:
Mrs J Morrison (CESC), G Birtle, S Whaley(LD)
In Attendance:
Ingrid Ablett-Spence, Oonagh McGeever(North Tees PCT), Mr G Davies (Non Voting Co-opted Representative)
Apologies for absence:
were submitted on behalf of Cllr Broughton, Mr Cash (Parent Governor Representative)
Item Description Decision
Public
CYP
17/07
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
None
CYP
18/07
MINUTES - 15TH AUGUST, 2007
The minutes of the meeting held on 15th August 2007 were agreed as a correct record.
CYP
19/07
REVIEW OF CORPORATE PARENTING
Concluded that the Committee's report be drafted and recommendations be developed.
CYP
20/07
WORK PROGRAMME
Concluded that the Work Programme be noted.
4.00pm - 4.50pm

Preamble

ItemPreamble
CYP
19/07
Members took evidence from officers of North Tees PCT to provide information about service provision for looked after children within the Borough.

It was explained that PCT delivers all nursing roles for children requiring District and School Nurses and also Health Visitors. Services are also developed with partner/agencies including, Stockton Borough Council, schools, voluntary sector agencies, GP's and community paediatricians. Parents and children are also included in the strategic development of services.

The Committee heard that a database exists to record health and educational information about looked after children. Members also heard that health issues of looked after children had been dealt with by a Health Visitor, but was now to be undertaken by a dedicated Nurse funded by the PCT. An increased number of joint funded posts also exist between Stockton Borough Council and North Tees PCT which was given as evidence of strengthening partnership arrangements.

Questions were raised regarding the annual health review of looked after children by the Committee and Members learned that a small number of older male children refused health reviews and had expressed a preference for a male nurse. The Committee was informed that the trend for male nurses was for them not to be attracted to such posts or that they are more likely to move on to management positions. The vulnerable health case worker is to assist in dealing with this issue. The Committee requested more data to be provided by the PCT.

Members asked questions in relation to Dentistry and Mental Health provision and the Committee learnt that more robust systems are in place for dental care and clear referral protocols exist for Mental Health issues.
CYP
20/07
The project plan for the Corporate Parenting Review was examined and the Committee was still on course to report to Cabinet on 25th October 2007.

The Committee was made aware that preparations would start to be made regarding the next Select Committee review which will examine the School Organisation Plan.

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